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      Gianni Russo

      Gianni Russo

      Highest Rated: 100% Ennio (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 29% Super Mario Bros. (1993)

      Birthday: Dec 12, 1943

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Some actors are just made to play wiseguys. For Gianni Russo, it was in his blood. The Italian-American actor, raised on Staten Island, claims that his uncle was a gunman for the Gambino crime family. Russo suffered from polio as a child, which prevented him from following in his father's footsteps as a longshoreman. Instead, he pursued a variety of business opportunities before being cast as Carlo Rizzi in "The Godfather." Some claim that he got the role by acting as an intermediary between Paramount Pictures and Mafia don Joe Colombo Sr., who had shut down production in New York. Russo also appeared in the film's sequel, in a flashback sequence. From there, he took dozens of TV and movie roles, most often playing organized crime types. Some of his more notable films include "The Freshman," which reunited him with Marlon Brando, as well as "Seabiscuit" and "Any Given Sunday." He has also done television work on shows like "Prison Break" and "Pacific Palisades." Russo dated Dionne Warwick for many years and claims to have had romantic trysts with actresses including Marilyn Monroe and Zsa Zsa Gabor. For many years, he owned the Las Vegas restaurant Gianni Russo's State Street. He released an album, "Reflections," in 2004.

      Highest rated movies

      The Godfather poster
      The Godfather
      The Godfather, Part II poster
      The Godfather, Part II
      Any Given Sunday poster
      Any Given Sunday
      Super Mario Bros. poster
      Super Mario Bros.

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% No Score Yet Ennio Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet 33% Con Man Derek Lewis (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Send No Flowers Johnny Pisano (Character) - 2013
      52% 73% Any Given Sunday Johnny Polito (Character) $75.5M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crossing Paths Howard Thomas (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 17% PCH Jake Mondello (Character) - 1996
      29% 29% Super Mario Bros. Scapelli (Character) $20.8M 1993
      No Score Yet 40% Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion Marco Sabatini (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 15% Laserblast Tony Craig (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 50% Lepke Albert Anastasia (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 17% The Four Deuces Chip Morono (Character) - 1975
      96% 97% The Godfather, Part II Carlo Rizzi (Character) - 1974
      97% 98% The Godfather Carlo Rizzi (Character) $134.8M 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodnight, My Love Michael Tarlow (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bait Gianni Ruggeri (Character) - 1972

      TV

      Credit
      61% 78% Prison Break Gavin Smallhouse (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pacific Palisades Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silk Stalkings Unknown (Character) 1993
      40% No Score Yet Time Trax Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet 0% Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1990-1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Tony Rondino (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy David 'Dave' Steelgrave (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Unknown (Character) 1984
      No Score Yet 100% Greatest American Hero Johnny Damanti (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet 100% The Rockford Files Gianni Tedesco (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1978